Admissions officers fact-checking college applications

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Students ask me, “Can I exaggerate a little, or can I make up an activity that I really didn’t do?” No. I would advise not. Again, the application is really about authenticity. I can look at an application, and I can tell whether a student’s made stuff up, typically. I can tell whether a parent has written an essay, because I know so much about you from your recommendations and your grades, that it’s going to stand out. Now, do colleges verify every single piece of information? Honestly, they can’t. What they often do, though, is they randomly validate. So, they will pick, randomly, certain applications, and they will go through and they will evaluate every single thing. You don’t want to be the one caught by making up a little white lie, because you will get rejected. In fact, this has happened to students that I know, and school administrators, who have made up stuff on behalf of their students, and gotten caught. So, play it safe. If you want to choose between 3 hours and 4 hours, you can pick the 4 hours. But don’t make up stuff. Be authentic.
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Danny Ruderman

Independent College Counselor

Danny Ruderman is a nationally recognized college counselor whose mission is to help as many families as possible navigate the admissions process.  

The Fontana High School and Stanford grad is the author of The Ultimate College Acceptance System and creator of college counseling programs used by school districts across the U.S. and Fortune 500 companies. He is known for his huge forehead and helping students get into schools that really match their interests. His newest book, Top 100 Answers to Your College Admissions Questions will be released in March 2013.

Danny graduated with Honors from Stanford University and holds a BA in Human Biology with an emphasis in Education. He was named a Merit Teacher for his work at Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles and worked as an educational therapist for K&M Associates in Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC). He has been featured on NPR’s Marketplace, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, Between the Lines on PBS, College Bound Magazine, The Bill Handel Show, and Powernomics. Danny is also a regular contributor to Money 101 on KFWB in Los Angeles.

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